The Annual Global Connections Art & Essay Contest

The Annual Global Connections Art & Essay Contest: Creating a Legacy of Understanding.

Middle and high school students are our future and we love to see so many young minds eager to spend their time and energy to increase awareness for our global challenges. We are greatly motivated by witnessing the creative works of those students.

Global Connections Art & Essay Contest is affiliated with educational institutions including universities and the Georgia Department of Education to be able to create an opportunity to accelerate the progress towards cross-cultural reconciliation and cooperation by engaging our youth at an early age.

It will be these individuals who have a greater understanding of global issues and the importance of cross-cultural dialog and cooperation in achieving solutions to global challenges and issues.

The Global Connections Art & Essay Contest was first organized by Istanbul Center in 2006. Co-sponsored by both the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) and the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAoC), the Annual Global Connections Art & Essay Contest challenges middle and high school students in 5 states of the Southeast – Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, Florida and South Carolina – to submit both art and essay compositions based on a yearly humanistic theme.

Past year’s themes have included the following: “Who is My Neighbor?”, “Empathy: Walking in Another’s Shoes,” and “1 Billion Hungry in the World: What’s Your Role?” The theme for the 2012-13 contest is “The Human Footprint on the Environment: Impacts & Solutions.”

About Istanbul Center

Istanbul Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit, non-governmental and non-partisan organization established in 2002 to promote better understanding and closer relations between cultures. We seek above all to proactively contribute to solving educational, cultural, environmental, social and humanitarian issues. We do this by creating opportunities for both children and adults to engage in dialogue through education, culture and humanitarian works. The Center is privately funded. All donations made to Istanbul Center are tax-deductible.

Essay Contest Rules
– Grades 6, 7 and 8 will compete in the Middle School Category. Grades 9- 12 will compete in the High School Category.

– Each sponsoring teacher may submit an unlimited amount of essays from his or her class(es).

– Essays may be one of the following four types:

1.Persuasive Essay, Informative Essay, Narrative Story or True Story.
– Essays must be original, unpublished, and written by one student, and must not exceed 1000 words.

– All essay submissions must be made online at www.artessay.org. Do NOT submit physical copies of your essays via mail. Be sure to submit your essay sufficiently in advance of the deadline so that any potential technical issues may be addressed.

– Students may only submit one (1) essay within the Essay Contest. Students who submit an essay are still permitted to enter (1) submission in the Art Contest.

– Each submission must include: the student’s name, grade, school, city, state, sponsoring teacher’s name, sponsoring teacher’s e-mail address and district superintendent’s name. Essays lacking the above criteria may be disqualified. The online submission form will require all of these details.

– Submissions must be received no later than January 27, 2013.

– Winning essays become the property of Istanbul Center and as such may be used, copied and displayed by Istanbul Center for promotional/informational purposes.

DISQUALIFYING FACTORS: Essays may be disqualified automatically or receive lower scores if they lack any aforementioned criteria. Please follow the directions for each submission.

Artwork Guidelines
General guidelines for all art submissions EXCEPT Photography and Graphic Design:

Traditional media categories include Drawing, Painting, and Collage: Original work must be 15” x 20” which in turn needs to be mounted or executed (not matted) on illustration board of equal size. The artwork will extend to the edges of the illustration board. All artworks must include an “Artist’s Statement” on the back of each work. All images must be two-dimensional, original, and not appropriated from any other resource unless dramatically altered. Artwork must be unpublished and completed by one person.

General guidelines for Photography submissions:

Photography work includes color and black & white works. Actual photos should be 8” x 10” only and must be printed on 8.5” x 11” photo paper. Please do not frame and do not mount photography submissions. All images must be two-dimensional, original, and not appropriated from any other resource unless dramatically altered. Artwork must be unpublished and completed by one person.

General guidelines for Graphic Design submissions:

Graphic design work is defined as the use of computer media and innovative computer applications in art. Original artwork must be 8.5”x11” only, and must be mounted on illustration board that is also 8.5”x11”. Please only mount the piece on illustration board that is the aforementioned size. Please do not matt graphic design work. All images must be two-dimensional, original, and not appropriated from any other resource unless dramatically altered. Artwork must be unpublished and completed by one person.

DISQUALIFYING FACTORS: Artwork may be disqualified automatically or receive lower scores if it lacks any of the aforementioned criteria. Please follow the exact directions for each submission.

Art Contest Rules
– Grades 6, 7 and 8 will compete in the Middle School Category. Grades 9- 12 will compete in the High School Category.
– Artwork can be submitted in virtually any two dimensional media, including the following subcategories:
– Drawing, Painting, Collage, Photography and Graphic Design
– Students may only submit one (1) piece of artwork (in any medium) within the Art Contest. Students who submit artwork are still permitted to enter (1) submission in the essay portion of the Contest.
– Each submission must include: the student’s name, grade, school, city, state, sponsoring teacher’s name, sponsoring teacher’s e-mail address and district superintendent’s name. Submissions lacking the above criteria may be disqualified. Please follow the instructions on the contest website for submission.
– Each submission must include a completed copy of the Consent Form (Attachment 8) signed by the student, sponsoring teacher, and at least one (1) parent or legal guardian.
– Submissions must be received no later than January 27, 2013.
– Winning art pieces become the property of Istanbul Center and as such may be used, copied and displayed by Istanbul Center for promotional/informational purposes.
– Artwork from non-winning students will be returned upon request after the Awards Ceremony. (Please provide a detailed address on the back of each submission that you want returned, as well as postage and packaging for the return of each piece). Non-winning students relinquish all claims to submitted pieces on May 3rd, 2013.
– Please note that Istanbul Center reserves the right to not recognize any winners whatsoever in said category should the category lack quality submissions (as deemed by the professional judges).
– Participants must use the submission link in the website to inititate their submission.

Essay Contest
Statewide Awards

These are the awards for each category (Middle and High):

1st Place:

– Trip to Turkey (*All-Expenses-Paid except for international airfare to and from Istanbul, Turkey for the student, sponsoring teacher and their local district superintendent)

– an iPad for the student

– a $100 gift card for the sponsoring teacher

2nd Place:

– Trip to Turkey (*All-Expenses-Paid except for international airfare to and from Istanbul, Turkey for the student, sponsoring teacher and their local district superintendent)

– a $200 gift card for the student

– a $75 gift card for the sponsoring teacher

3rd Place:

– Trip to Turkey (*All-Expenses-Paid except for international airfare to Istanbul, Turkey for the student, sponsoring teacher and their local district superintendent)

– a $100 gift card for the student

– a $50 gift card for the sponsoring teacher

4th Place:

– a $75 gift card for student

5th Place:

– a $50 gift card for student

6th through 10th Places:

– a $25 gift card for student

Southeastern Awards

These are the awards for each category (Middle and High):

1st Place: Trophy and recognition from winning state.

2nd Place: Trophy and recognition from winning state.

3rd Place: Trophy and recognition from winning state.

Last Updated on Friday, 14 September 2012 21:43

Art Contest

Statewide Awards

These are the awards for each category (Middle and High):

1st Place:

– Trip to Turkey (*All-Expenses-Paid except for international airfare to and from Istanbul, Turkey for the student, sponsoring teacher and their local district superintendent)

– an iPad for the student

– a $100 gift card for the sponsoring teacher

2nd Place:

– Trip to Turkey (*All-Expenses-Paid except for international airfare to and from Istanbul, Turkey for the student, sponsoring teacher and their local district superintendent)

– a $200 gift card for the student

– a $75 gift card for the sponsoring teacher

3rd Place:

– Trip to Turkey (*All-Expenses-Paid except for international airfare to Istanbul, Turkey for the student, sponsoring teacher and their local district superintendent)

– a $100 gift card for the student

– a $50 gift card for the sponsoring teacher

4th Place:

– a $75 gift card for student

5th Place:

– a $50 gift card for student

6th through 10th Places:

– $25 gift card for student

Southeastern Awards:

These are the awards for each category (Middle and High):

1st Place: Trophy and recognition from winning state.

2nd Place: Trophy and recognition from winning state.

3rd Place: Trophy and recognition from winning state.

Award Policies

– The Awards Ceremony of the Georgia Contest will be held as one event and will take place at Clayton State University within the month of April in Morrow, GA. (Exact date and venue to be announced) Please check back the website for updates.

– Please be advised that students and teachers who have participated in the trips to Turkey as past winners of the Contest are ineligible to travel to Turkey again as part of the Global Connections Art & Essay Contest. Previous winners are still eligible to win applicable cash prizes. If the sponsoring teacher of a first-time winning student has previously participated in our trips to Turkey, that student should nominate another teacher to travel with him or her to Turkey. Pending Istanbul Center’s approval, this teacher may join the trip.

– If a winning student does not participate in the Trip to Turkey awarded to him or her, his or her sponsoring teacher will no longer be eligible for inclusion in the awarded trip to Turkey. Similarly, any student whose sponsoring teacher does not participate and who does not nominate a suitable replacement will also be ineligible to participate in the trip. Please note that the trip award has no cash value and non-transferrable.

– Parents are NOT permitted to join the trip, either to take the place of a sponsoring teacher or as an addition to the group. The only case in which a parent may attend is if he or she is the initial sponsoring teacher of a student winner’s composition, with the student being the son or daughter of said sponsoring teacher.

– Winning students and teachers are expected to receive their cash prizes at the Awards Ceremony. Any winning students and teachers who do not take part in the Awards Ceremony forfeit their claims to any prize monies attached to winning placement in the Contest.

– Winning Georgia students and teachers who do not participate in the Awards Ceremony may request their awards certificates by contacting Istanbul Center anytime before June 7, 2013, after which time the certificates will be unavailable for receipt. As outlined above, cash prizes may only be claimed by participating in the Awards Ceremony.

Contact Us
You can contact us anytime with the information below.

Please refer to the regional contacts below for any correspondence regarding the details specific to your region.

Istanbul Center Headquarters

Mailing Address:

Global Connections Art & Essay Contest

Two Midtown Plaza, Suite 1010

1349 West Peachtree Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30309

phone: (678) 990 1717

fax: (877) 900 1717

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